Blast from the past: Aztecs hire Brady Hoke as head coach again

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Diego State Aztecs have promoted Brady Hoke as head coach. He replaces the retired Rocky Long, who stepped away from the game on Wednesday.

Hoke will be in his second tenure at the school. He was previously the team’s head coach in 2009 and 2010.

Former Tennessee Volunteers interim head coach Brady Hoke looks on against the LSU Tigers
Brady Hoke looks on against the LSU Tigers (Getty Images)

He also returned to San Diego before the 2019 season. Hoke spent this past season as the team’s defensive line coach.

“It’s a great opportunity. You never get to do something twice that you really want to do in life,” Hoke said. “I was very fortunate, Coach Long bringing me back and being back here at San Diego State. I can assure you, we are going to keep going in the direction that we are going, and we always want to be better every day, and that’s what we’re going to try and do.

“Obviously the hallmarks of San Diego State football is toughness and the effort that we’re going to play where, that we’re going to go to class with and how we’re going to treat each other within our building and on campus, and I think that is important and that’s something that Coach Long has done a great job with when you look at the accountability, the commitment, the respect and trust that we all have within this football program.”

Hoke went 13-12 during his two seasons as a head coach at the school previously. He is 78-72 all-time as a college head coach.

He has previously served as the Ball State Cardinals head coach and the Michigan Wolverines head coach besides his Aztecs hire. He also served as the Tennessee Volunteers interim head coach for two games in 2017.

Hoke is a six-time Coach of the Year. He also guided the Cardinals to the MAC West Division title in 2008.

Besides working for San Diego State, Ball State, Michigan, and Tennessee, Hoke has also been employed by the Carolina Panthers in the NFL, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Toledo Rockets, Western Michigan Broncos, Grand Valley State Lakers, and he began his career with the Yorktown (Indiana) High School Tigers.

“As I began the search for our next coach, I knew continuity and the core values and culture of our program were a priority,” SDSU director of athletics John David Wicker said. “The foundation built by Rocky and his staff the last nine years, the major factors for our success, the opportunity to get to know Brady over the last year and for him to have a season coaching in the program were key factors leading me to the decision today. Brady believes in the same values that I do. We are here for the total student-athlete experience. Winning on the field, winning in the classroom and ensuring that when young men leave our program, they do so with a degree and the opportunity to be successful in life.”

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